Updated: Dec 23, 2021
To motivate your students, you must focus on their emotions and make them feel invested in what you're teaching — not just in the academic material; beyond it, too.
Below, let's see how to teach in a way that makes the most impact and the five powerful clauses that will make your students love you.
Teaching is an immense responsibility. It's your duty to help students master the knowledge you're giving. However, teaching isn't just about making sure that students understand the material; you also need to make sure that they want to come back for more and give their best effort in class.
But how can you make this happen? More importantly, how can you make this happen with no extra legwork on your part? By focusing on students' emotions, not just their academic performance.
The most important thing you can do to motivate your students
I can tell you from experience that the most important thing you can do to motivate your students is to love them. And it's not complicated. Truly caring about your students is the key to motivating them and making them love you back.
It's easy to think that you can simply say the right things to your students and they will be motivated. But the only way for your words to have any lasting effect is if your students love you.
What do I mean by love?
In this context, it means that your students feel like you care about them. They know that you have their best interest at heart and that they can trust you. They appreciate your help and are eager to please you.
Here are some ways to lay the groundwork for a class full of students who love you:
Be honest with them
Students are smart enough to see through fake praise, so don't try to butter them up with flattery. If a student is truly doing something well, tell him or her and let them know why it matters.
Your students need consistency in order to trust you, so it's important that you always follow through on what you say you're going to do.
Avoid the blame game
The worst thing a teacher can do is make a student feel like he or she is doing something wrong when it's not his or her fault. One of the fastest ways to lose a student's trust is by making him or her feel as though he or she has done something wrong when he or she hasn't.
When you love your students, you want them to succeed. When you care about what happens to them, you're more motivated to teach in a way that helps them learn and grow.
With this in mind, it's no surprise that one of the most important things you can do to motivate your students is to love them. Truly caring about your students is the key to motivating them.
Here are some specific ways you can show this love:
Provide meaningful feedback
As soon as possible, after a lesson is over, provide feedback to your students so they know how they did and what they need to do better next time. This helps prepare students for the next lesson and lets them know when they've done well. It's also an opportunity for praise (if they did well) or constructive criticism (if they need improvement).
Be concerned about their problems
When your students are struggling with something, help them out. Show concern for their problems and help them find a way through it. You don't have to do all the work for them, but helping your students overcome obstacles builds their confidence and makes you look like an awesome teacher.
Offer help when needed
As a teacher, you are in a unique position to help your students succeed. You can encourage them to take on tough challenges, motivate them when they are feeling discouraged, and offer them support when they need it the most.
Why students dislike their teachers
When your students dislike you, it can be frustrating. They may appear to be uninterested, rude or disrespectful toward you. However, as a teacher, you must understand that student behavior is often the result of something you have done or said.
You are an educator. You have been entrusted with the care of young people in our society, and as such, you must always strive to do the right thing. Students do not come to school to be bullied or abused by their teachers or other staff members.
Treating your students well is a matter of trust. You must earn their trust through your actions daily, starting on the first day of school and continuing throughout the school year.
Students will look to you for guidance in their lives. If they feel you are not trustworthy, they will lose respect for you and develop negative feelings toward you, and possibly the entire educational system itself.
Inevitably, you will deal with students who dislike you. Maybe they dislike your subject (and by proxy, you) or just that they think you are an unpleasant person to be around.
Some common reasons for students disliking their teachers are:
Some students may have personal problems which affect how they behave at school. They may be having difficulties at home, with friends, or even have something traumatic happen which affects their behavior in class.
Classroom management issues
Students may perceive teachers as having poor classroom citizenship if they do not follow the rules themselves, or punish other students unfairly by being too strict or lenient, for example.
Personality is another potential cause for students disliking their teacher. It can be difficult for some people to get on with others, and this can lead to conflict and tension between the student and the teacher. Personality conflicts can also lead to a lack of interest from either party, which ultimately leads to a lack of respect from the student towards their teacher.
Other reasons from the nether region
A teacher's job comprises much more than simply teaching the information for a particular subject. A skilled teacher knows that it takes more than just knowledge to be a good educator. It takes dedication, patience, and compassion for every student.
What teachers must realize is that, in order to be effective, they must invest time in building relationships with their students. Building connections with students will help them see you as a person rather than just as some man who is there to give them answers to all the questions they have.
There are several ways that you can build rapport with your students. One is to take an interest in what they do outside of school. You want to show them you care about who they are and that they are more than just students to you. This will encourage them to talk to you and open up about how they feel.
Another way is by showing an interest in their lives during class time. For example, when one student mentions a new artist he likes, you can ask where he heard about it or if he has heard any other songs of theirs.
By showing an interest (a genuine one) in what interests your students, you will automatically connect with them on a deeper level.
There are some surefire ways to make sure your students dislike you, stay away from these low down dirty traits that hail from the underside of the world:
lack of commitment
lack of inspiration
lack of patience
lack of creativity
lack of enthusiasm
lack of knowledge
Students are differently motivated
Grades motivate some students, competition motivates some, the teacher motivates some; the material motivates some. It’s important to know what motivates your students so you can tailor lessons to their specific needs.
Motivation is a tricky thing. There are some teachers out there who seem to flourish in a classroom environment, and others who are miserable failures.
What's the difference? It's not just their teaching styles, or their ability to connect with students. Instead, it comes down to something much simpler: what motivates them.
An important thing you can do as a teacher is find out what motivates your students and use it to your advantage. Of course, that's easier said than done.
We all have our own ideas about what drives us — money, fame, chocolate cake — but those motivations rarely transfer well to other people. Yet if you can pinpoint what makes your students tick, you can use it to your advantage and turn them into the best students they can be.
How to make your students love you, even when they hate you
Being a teacher is humbling. Even though you're working hard to make a difference in their lives, many of your students will hate you at one point or another (and some will probably even try to destroy your peace). Still, there are things you can do, starting right now, to make your students love you.
Show your students you care about them as people. Make them feel like they’re part of a family and like they’re your priority.
Let them know your core values. As a leader in your space, it must be your goal to give each of your students a boost, knowing that your personal values align with their values.
Reward them for their work. Give every student a small award for outstanding achievement such as a thank you for your work note or something else — just anything but a pencil; that's a weak reward.
Surround yourself with positive people. If you are in a virtual environment, it’s important that you surround yourself with people who push you to do better and keep you motivated.
Positive people are outstanding role models — more so than negative, so it’s important that you surround yourself with a positive group of people at all times.
5 powerful clauses that will make your students love you
The best way to keep your students coming back looking forward to class is to have them love you. The way to get them to love you is to create a welcoming environment.
You can contribute to that welcoming environment by using these five powerful clauses:
I see you
I believe in you
I trust you
You’re almost there
You can do it
So there you have it — five powerful clauses that will make your students love you. You should always strive to be the best teacher possible, and these clauses can help you do just that. Use them in your class today and see what a difference they make.
Teach in a way that makes the most impact on the minds of your students, turning them into lifelong learners who are excited about what they're learning and interested in continuing their education.
While there is never a reason to overstate your own self-importance as a teacher, you do need to make yourself into a powerful figure in the eyes of your students. If you don’t believe that you are capable of doing this, I have some bad news for you—It’s time to move on.